Mulching your flower beds and garden is a popular lawn care task this time of year. The problem is, most people apply mulch too late in the season, lessening its benefit. To understand the logic behind this theory, the experts at Green Team Lawn Care are breaking down why we mulch in the first place.
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Why Mulch Matters for Your Yard
- Suppresses weeds.
- Holds in moisture that would quickly evaporate without it.
- Regulates soil temperature.
- Improves the soil’s structure, which leads to better drainage and use of nutrients.
Why Is March Prime Time for Mulch?
Just as weeding and removing leaves is easier to do before new bulbs and perennials pop up, the same goes for mulching. The soil is still weed-free, herbaceous plants are just beginning to grow, and the soil is starting to warm up a little, which means it’s the perfect window to lay your mulch while avoiding other plants’ lifecycles.
How Much Mulch Do I Need?
When it comes to mulch, more is definitely not better! Applying an overly thick layer of mulch can do more harm than good since it’s likely to encourage fungal disease and possibly even kill your plants. To be sure your yard gets just the right amount of mulch, it’s best to leave this task to the pros.
Generally, the proper amount of mulch ranges from 2-3 inches. Adding mulch yearly, will also help protect the bases of your plants from nematode insects, which can literally wipe out an entire landscape if given free access to your plants.
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What’s the Best Kind of Mulch to Use in Connecticut?
In the northeast area, the best mulch, by far, is the hardwood variety. Why? Because it’s less attractive to insects, it spreads easily and stays put in the rain, unlike other popular types of mulch such as pine bark.
Get More from Your Mulch with Green Team Lawn Care & Landscape
- We apply a pre-emergent to your mulch in order to keep weeds at bay and to create a barrier that makes them less likely to grow in the future.
- We make sure your mulch is applied correctly to avoid giving insects and pests easy access to your home.
Make An Appointment Today
Now is the perfect time to schedule your mulching and bed restoration appointment with your trusted Shoreline CT experts — Green Team Lawn Care and Landscape. Give us a call today at 860-222-7171 or schedule an appointment online!